Stunning cathedral, fascinating museums, e.g. Historical Museum of the Palatinate, lovely hotels and restaurants, marvellous old town centre, very friendly people, exciting markets and events
A good time can be had by all!
Take your time before entering the cathedral through the main portal and admire the magnificent work of Heinrich Hübsch in the porch, called Großes Paradies or Great or Big Paradise. It is reference to the paradise we reach when we walk through the door into the cathedral. But like the western façade it is also reference to the Austrian-Bavarian...more
Like for all churches in the Middle Ages also the main entrance of Speyer’s Imperial Cathedral faces west – while the apse faces east, to pray in the direction of the rising sun and let the interior be illuminated by the setting sun.The western portal is very impressive, especially if one steps back and takes in the whole ensemble: built in red,...more
Speyer's Imperial Cathedral is not only a historical landmark for the town but it also dominates the town and adds a very impressive atmosphere of splendour and history. Salian Konrad II started construction of the cathedral in 1030 and dedicated it to Saint Mary and Saint Stephen. The first consecration took place in 1061. The cathedral went...more
In the 19th century the artist Johannes Schraudolph and his atelier were commissioned to add heavy neo-Romanesque decorative paintings and historical panels in the interior of the church. These were largely removed in and after 1957 as part of the restoration of the cathedral to its original form. Some of these painted walls were carefully removed...more
I've been putting off writing about Speyer Cathedral as, to be quite honest, I don't know where to start! Well here goes:For three centuries the Cathedral was the burial place for the German emperors. The Romanesque Basilica was considered to be one of the most important monuments which emerged from the Roman Empire. It boasts four towers and two...more
I have already referred to this statue as that of St James the Apostle who walked to Santiago de Compostela almost two thousand years ago thus giving birth to a time honoured tradition which is still popular today. In many towns and cities in Europe you can see statues similar to this or images of scallop shells (the pilgrim's symbol of the...more
Owners: Christiana & Günter HECK They have single, double and triple rooms. Special offers for the...more
My freind found and booked this hotel before our arrival and I checked it out on the net but it...more
Ein freundliches Privathotel in SPEYER. It was here that I stayed while in Speyer... The hotel is...more
When I was in Speyer recently (November 2013) this restaurant caught my eye and I was hungry anyhow. The advertising – Brotgenuß und Kaffeekult – means something like bread indulgence and coffee cult. I didn’t want a full meal, so bread with a delicious spread was just to my liking, although I found the prices (approx. 8-9 Euro for the “bread”) a...more
Shopping and sightseeing definitely makes tired. So if you need to take a break, all the cafés and restaurants in Maximilianstrasse invite you to fill yourself up with energy.My all time favourite for excellent cake is Café Schlosser, just 200 m west of Cathedral Plaza. It is not only a café but a patisserie, and the cakes they serve are freshly...more
To satisfy your stomach, Domhof restaurant and beer garden is a very good option for Speyer. The restaurant is located just 100 m off Cathedral Plaza, and is well known for excellent food and their homemade beer. They serve palatine specialities as well.Domhof has a beer garden with seating for nearly 100 people, but trees and fountains divide the...more
Luckily, Speyer does not have much of nightlife (well, maybe yes, but not direcly in town). So it gets quiet in the evening, when people have dined and sit at home or with friends or in restaurants. Walking along Maximilianstraße is amazing in the evening, when all is quiet, and sometimes I even get the feeling as if people on horses are coming...more
There is a great IMAX-cinema inside the Technik-Museum in Speyer, BUT you need NOT visit the museum in order to see the IMAX-movies !!!It might make sense to combine the IMAX with a visit to the museum, as prices are reduced a bit then for the combination-tickets.ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo oooMovies that were...more
21 Reviews and Opinions
A lot of German towns, especially the touristic ones, do severe rip-off if it comes to parking fees. Not so Speyer.Already when I came here in 2006, I was stunned to see how much they charge for a whole day: 1 Euro!! The sign clearly says so, no mistake. And this parking lot is not even far from the city centre! The walking distance to the...more
A little over 30 Vt'ers went on a guided tour to Speyer. We met at the Karlsruhe main train station for 9:45 as we were to take the 10:08 direct TRAIN TO SPEYER. Ingrid bought "group of five" tickets for 26 Euros and then divided the amount per person. We returned on the 15:13 direct train. It was all so simple and economical. The trip there took...more
We travelled to Speyer from Karlsruhe on the very efficient train. The journey took us about 35 minutes, on a through train (direction Mannheim), but not all the trains are direct, so it may take a little longer if you need to change trains. Because we were travelling in a large party we bought a number of group tickets for €26 each, which were...more
Whoever looks at my writings from time to time might know that bookstores do have some magic attraction to me – I just cannot pass without entering (and usually leave with a big pile of books, but that’s off-topic here, lol).Being used to antique German opening hours (i.e. shops are closed on Sunday), I stood in front of this bookstore with open...more
We were in Speyer on a Sunday but only did some window shopping. Germany has quite rigorous regulations regarding shopping hours, the only ones open on a Sunday are petrol stations, railway stations and airports and even these can close without prior warning. The exception to these regulations are pharmacies and bakeries - well we all need the...more
Speyer is not a shopping town but it still has the wonderfully inspiring Maximilianstrasse and its side streets, where everything is concentrated, making shopping an easy affair on the feet. My own favourite is the Osiander book shop in Wormser Strasse which only has a small section of English books if you do not read German, but which has wondeful...more
Wine was the Romans’ most preferred liquid, that’s why they started to cultivate it in Palatine region with its mild climate (ah, thanks dear Romans!). But – bad news for wine gourmets: Romans’ wine drinking habits have been quite… uuhm.. horrible in our terms. They preferred sweet wine (brrr) and made it by preparing sweet must. They had been...more
Parts of the “Barbarian Treasure(s)”, which have been found in the 80ies on several spots in the Rhine, are ancient Roman dishware. It is fascinating how these findings can add to understanding how life in these days must have been.As already mentioned before, the Romans brought their handicrafters with them when settling in what is now Southern...more
When browsing through Speyer’s museum of Palatine, it is fascinating to learn about how elaborate Roman culture was in already 2000 years ago. (I should have known, as I learnt it at school and I was in Italy as a kid, but well, sometimes old brains keep forgetting things, lol).The museum shows how living and dining rooms and kitchen looked like in...more
I always thought that the Germans were renowned for their efficiency. Well not the Cafe Schlosser on the main street. This waitess (see photo) took my order, then I waited. And waited. And waited. After 45 minutes the cafe claimed the order had never even been recieved.All the others waiters and waitesess seem to bring out the orders to their...more
Be aware that Speyer has only a small railway station which means two ticket counters and at holidays, these tend to be closed, leaving you to battle it out with the ticket vending machines, dreaded even amongst the Germans themselves. They DO work, but bear in mind that here you have a DB machine and a local transport machine and if all you want...more
Strolling across the Domplatz, be aware that cars can come at you at quite some speed. What you think is a cobbled square to walk across in fact includes a street and there is no elevated pavement or anything to show you this, just stone bollards to direct traffic into the narrow lane.more
I must mention this (even if I write “no traps”), as I am always very much amazed about Speyer’s pricing and the people’s mentality.
Usually, (German) towns, which are tourist magnets, do have a certain mentality to rip-off tourists. Be it with parking fees, additional fees for shuttle busses, dishes in restaurants or cafes, hotels, museums, shops – you name it.
Not so Speyer !
The city is fair to any visitor as it is to the locals: fair prices, no rip-offs and very often the prices are even lower than average. Take the parking fee for example: where else can you park your car for only 1 € for the whole day ????
This all comes along with the local people everywhere: helpful, friendly, a smile in their face – no matter if in restaurants, shops, museums or on the street.
It is almost as if the beauty and special atmosphere of Speyer reflects in its people, who are proud of their (home)town and show it, which makes the city even more marvellous.
It is like a virtuous circle (as opposed to vicious circle). And this makes Speyer sticking very much positively out of all the other German towns.
If I ever have the choice to pick out a German city to live in for the rest of my life – it would be either Speyer or Mannheim. (even if this is off-topic, lol).
Rainy season: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 10 – 19°C ( 50 - 66°F ); min: 1 - 8°C ( 34 - 47°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 23°C ( 72 - 73°F ); min: 12 - 13°C ( 52 - 55°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 19°C ( 45 - 66°F); min: 2 - 10°C ( 36 – 50°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 5°C ( 38 - 41°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )
Speyer does have a lot of fascinating architecture of all Romanesque, gothic, baroque and renaissance, all and everywhere.If you like the details, and especially beautiful old doors – take your time and wander around to find some of the hidden gems. There are a lot !Here some nice examples of old and beautiful doors:Photo 1: this is the side...more
.....inside the cathedral itself.After my visit I wrote this:>Those which form the pillars, at least, are all decorated. Chisel marks, maybe to make them look more decorative or maybe for 'keying' if they were plastered (don't know enough about German church architectural history).and I have now had it confirmed that the marks were indeed for...more
You won't be expecting these. Tucked away in the wilds of the Domgarten I stumbled upon them unexpectedly and didn't find out till I saw the sign what they were. In fact they are statues of Konrad II (1024-1039), Heinrick III (1039-1056), Heinrick IV (1056-1106), Heinrich V (1106-1125), the Salian kings. Also there you will find Gisela who took...more
In 1024 a Salian from the Speyer district became King of Germany making Speyer the center of imperial politics as well as the spiritual center of the Salian Kingdom. The Salian dynasty was a dynasty in the high middle ages, also known as the Frankish dynasty because their family's origins were in Franconia. All of the Salian Kings were also crowned...more
Maybe I gave you reasons enough to visit this fascinating town, but there are even more to come ! If you like typical festivals, and if you are flexible in your time, you should try and come during one of these wonderful festivals, Speyer is helding throughout the year.(I have not seen any, as I only re-discovered the town in September 2006, but...more
As is the case in so many cities, what went before is what has shaped today. Due the War of the Great Alliance, the place where the coins were minted was destroyed in 1689 and the edifice of today, the "New Store by the Market", a classic Palatine structure, was built in 1748.It's interesting that, in those days, the right to mint and hold markets...more